Asia mobile operator group unveils M2M pact

Asia mobile operator group unveils M2M pact

Summary: Comprising 11 Asia-Pacific mobile operators, Bridge Alliance introduces a new machine-to-machine alliance that aims to address interoperability issues and offer help to businesses deploying the technology.


A industry group comprising mobile operators in Asia-Pacific has unveiled a new alliance to provide a "one-stop-shop" to support machine-to-machine (M2M) deployments in the region. 

Bridge Alliance, which comprises 11 telcos such as Singapore's SingTel, India's Airtel, Hong Kong's CSL, Malaysia's Maxis, and Indonesia's Telkomsel, said the M2M unit encompasses its existing members and aims to be the center of excellence for M2M products and services. It wants to facilitate partnerships and interoperability, eliminating the challenge of having to integrate services from multiple operators, and help customers roll out M2M initiatives, according to a statement released Monday.

With the group's combined subscriber base of 500 million, the new Bridge M2M Alliance touts itself to be the region's biggest industry group in its space.

Bridge Alliance CEO Alessandro Adriani said in the statement: "Asia is made up of highly varied economies, uneven technological development, and diversified regulatory requirements. As a result, multinational businesses find it extremely difficult to navigate the intricacies of the region and to fully capitalize on economies of scale."

The introduction of the M2M alliance demonstrates the desire of the 11 operators in the group to "overcome these challenges" and ease customers' deployment of M2M, Adriani said.

The new partnership encompasses commercial and technological alliance across verticals such as vehicle telemetry, security, and energy management, and aims to ink partnerships with key players in the ecosystem including app developers and component manufacturers.

By end-2016, the addressable revenue opportunity for mobile operators as a result of M2M is projected to be US$1 trillion, before climbing to US$1.2 trillion by 2020. Industry analysts, however, had pointed to the fragmentation of mobile networks on a national level as a "major challenge" for global M2M deployments. Businesses typically need to work with one or several operators per geographic region to achieve international coverage. This could mean a dozen telco relationships with each using different network platforms, leading to complex deployments.  

Topics: Telcos, Big Data, Networking, Asean


Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently a freelance blogger and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 16 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings.

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  • long way to go


    nice article.
    as telematik providers covering EU, US, APAC, and ASEAN, Fragmentation of Mobile operators is major challenge for M2M in EU and US.
    In ASEAN, it's not a dominant factor, since ASEAN has lots of islands.
    Satellite Module instead of 2G, 3G, and LTE is a must.

    Recently, I have in depth discussion with Jasper Wireless (technology provider behind all the Bridge Alliance), since they are exploring possibility to work together supporting their Indonesia partner. They offered a legacy systems for mobile operators, from mobile operators perspective.
    Anyone involve deep enough with M2M knows that success requires viewing from specific vertical industry, not from mobile operators perspective.

    This misconception from the big telco guy, is the reason why they cannot monetize M2M market, which conceptually has been around since the AMPS (1G) generation decades ago.

    M2M is never about big telco guy. Telco networks is just one of medium for the whole ecosystem. There are still lots of wireless technology, such as long-range 802.11, 802.15, ant+, etc, which are beyond the scope of telco guy.